Born and brought up in Kuopio, Finland, Pennanen is a central midfielder, who is regarded as one of the most consistent players in the top flight in his country. Having started his career with Kuopion Palloseura’s academy in his hometown, Pennanen has been a regular in Finnish football, with over 300 league appearances across divisions in his country. In his career, the midfielder has traveled the world, playing in the Netherlands, Poland, Indonesia, and also in the US. Having been capped for the Finnish National Team, Pennanen was named in the Team of the Year in the Veikkausliiga, the Finnish top flight, for consecutive years in 2018 and 2019. He was also named the Midfielder of the Year in 2022, and has been in fine form for Tampereen Ilves in the last couple of seasons, where he also sported the captain’s armband. He joins Hyderabad FC as the third new overseas signing, ahead of the 2023-24 campaign.
7 Petteri Pennanen